Category Archives: APD-Atlanta Police Department

Atlanta Council Delays Action on CRB Reforms


(APN) ATLANTA — The Atlanta City Council’s Public Safety/Legal Administration Committee (PS/LA) was set to discuss and possibly vote on an ordinance granting new powers to the Atlanta Citizens Review Board at its meeting on Tuesday, February 23, 2016.   However, numerous citizens who planned to attend and speak learned that the PS/LA Committee Chairman Ivory Young (District 3) decided […]

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Activists, Mother Demand Video in Alexia Christian Police Killing

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(APN) ATLANTA — “No justice, no peace!  No tape-hiding police!” came the chant outside a west Atlanta IHOP restaurant on the morning of Tuesday, September 1, 2015.   In April 2015, two Atlanta Police Department (APD) officers shot and killed Alexia Christian in highly questionable circumstances.   APN has previously reported on the police killing in depth:   […]

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Transgender Activists Take Issue with MARTA, APD; Say Black Trans Lives Matter

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(APN) ATLANTA — Atlantans joined with activists in other U.S. cities for Trans Liberation Tuesday on August 25, 2015, with nearly one hundred supporters gathering at Underground Atlanta for the event.   Organizers of the event spoke with Atlanta Progressive News about problems with the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) and the Atlanta Police Department (APD) the transgender community […]

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It’s Bigger Than You holds One Year Anniversary March

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Tuesday, August 19, 2015, one year anniversary of the It’s Bigger Than You movement, the group marked the occasion with a commemorative march starting at the CNN Center.  Forty supporters marched through downtown Atlanta, despite heavy rain and thunder.   “Today was about celebrating the resistance work that has been happening on the ground for the […]

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No Knock Warrant “Reform” Would Actually Codify No Knock Warrants

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale (APN) ATLANTA — On Monday, February 09, 2015, the Pak Subcommittee of Judiciary Non-Civil Committee passed the language in HB 56, commonly called the “No Knock bill,” with only minor tweaks.   The bill’s supporters say it will reform Georgia’s problematic practice of no knock warrants on the part of of […]

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Black Lives Matter “Reclaims MLK” with Powerful Parade Takeover

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Monday, January 20, 2015, Atlanta’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Day parade was imbued with a spirit of resistance this year, as local members of the Black Lives Matter network took action to “Reclaim MLK.”   As protests have continued nationwide, in response to heightened awareness surrounding police murder of young people of color, community leaders […]

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Suspected Serial Killer of Homeless People Arrested

(APN) ATLANTA — A suspected serial killer has been arrested in the murder of two sleeping homeless men in downtown Atlanta and a woman in downtown Decatur. Aeman Lovel Presley, 34, is a suspect in the murder of Karen Pearce, whose body was discovered Saturday night, December 06, 2014, close to her parked car in downtown Decatur. Police say he […]

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APD Denies Targeting Organizers of Police Brutality, Occupy Protests

With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale, News Editor (APN) ATLANTA — Progressive activists are concerned about what they see as Atlanta Police singling out and cracking down on social justice organizers, as protests against state-sanctioned, racist police violence sweep the nation.  They cite three incidents over the last week and a half, including two arrests of organizers Tim Franzen […]

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Suspected Serial Killer Targeting Homeless People in Atlanta (UPDATE 1)

(APN) ATLANTA — What Atlanta police suspect to be a dangerous and sick predator has killed two vulnerable homeless men, under the cover of darkness, while they slept outside in the downtown Atlanta area.  Two murders a few days apart and two miles apart has homeless people living in fear. The first victim, Dorian Jenkins, was shot numerous times while […]

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Atlantans Protest Ferguson Grand Jury; 26 Arrested

(APN) ATLANTA — Last week, some twenty-six Metro Atlantans, including two journalists, were arrested, during Atlanta protests in the wake of a grand jury decision not to indict Darren Wilson, the police officer who killed Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager, in Ferguson, Missouri, in August 2014. The decision was announced late Monday, November 24, 2014.  On Tuesday, November 25, thousands […]

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Atlanta Council Passes APD Cameras, Refers Constitutional Amendment to Committee

(APN) ATLANTA — At the Full Council Meeting of the City Council of Atlanta on Tuesday, September 02, 2014, the Council passed a resolution that had been introduced by Councilwoman Felicia Moore (District 9), calling for the Atlanta Police Department (APD) to conduct a feasibility study within 90 days for implementing body cameras for all APD officers.  The Council also […]

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Atlanta Council Passes Moore, Norwood Plan to Limit Public Comment Delegations

(APN) ATLANTA — At the July 07, 2014 Full Council Meeting, a majority of Members of the City Council of Atlanta continued their collective efforts to silence and oppress members of the public, by setting new restrictions on public comment delegations at future Full Council Meetings.     The Council originally passed a ten minute limit for delegations, but Atlanta […]

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Occupy Atlanta Claims City Deceived Court, Spied on Protesters

(APN) ATLANTA — At a press conference at City Hall today, Friday, December 21, 2012, activists with Occupy Atlanta alleged that the City of Atlanta deceived them and the Atlanta Municipal Court with respect to eight hundred pages of documents that the activists say they subpoenaed months ago. In addition, recent court proceedings have revealed a significant spying operation by […]

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Panhandling Proposals Likely Unconstitutional; CSO Never Enforced

(APN) ATLANTA — Today, the City Council of Atlanta is hosting a second Work Session on proposed changes to the City’s Commercial Solicitation Ordinance (CSO), which has not been enforced since its enactment in 2005.  However, Atlanta Progressive News has learned that, according to Gerry Weber, a constitutional scholar who teaches at Emory University School of Law, neither the current […]

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AJC Continues Whitewashing Existence of Other Media

  (APN) ATLANTA — The Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper appears to be engaging in a strategy of whitewashing the existence of other news outlets, except when it serves their purposes to mention them. Previously, Atlanta Progressive News revealed a Cox Media memo which defined the competition as everyone who was not either the AJC, WSB Channel 2, or WSB radio. Since […]

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